Minutes – December 18, 2017

Chairman DeLia called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call

Present: Bruce Brodsky, Dave Corr, Vincent Coyne, Elis DeLia, Mark Ford, Richard Karam, Frank Mutolo, Bette Szesny and John Wallace. Absent: Rocco Arcuri, Dennis Bova and Eric Kane. Also Present: Richard Goodney, Jim Korfonta, Phil Tangorra, Jim Mack, Scott Gorgas, Maureen Ray, Long Gu and Ken Bobrow, Esq., There were two IBM employees present who gave an update on Cyber Security.

Chairman DeLia presided and Suzanne Harmon took the minutes.

Approval of the November 20, 2017 Minutes

Motion made by Mr. Mutolo to approve the minutes. Seconded by: Mr. Corr.
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Resolution: Accepting Part 1 of the Full Environmental Assessment Form and Issuing Notice of Intent to Establish the MVWA as “Lead Agency” Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act Relative to the Raw Water Transmission Main Upgrades

The MVWA proposes to undertake construction of one new pipeline of sufficient capacity to convey the currently permitted water withdrawal the approximately three miles from the Hinckley Reservoir to the Authority’s Hinckley Water Treatment Plant. During construction of the Project, both the existing 24 inch and 36 inch pipelines will remain in service until the new pipeline is completely installed and commissioned. Thereafter, the existing 36 inch pipeline will remain in service and function as backup to the new pipeline, and the 24 inch pipeline will be abandoned in place.

The Authority intends to establish itself Lead Agency with respect to the project.

The Resolution shall take effect immediately.

Motion made by Mr. Coyne to approve the minutes. Seconded by: Mr. Corr.
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Approval: Quarterly Investment Statement Ending September 30, 2017

Mr. Korfonta stated that this is an investment statement of the MVWA trust funds. The Board has been presented with these statements every quarter for approval.

Motion made by Mr. Brodsky to approve the minutes. Seconded by: Mr. Karam.
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Committee Reports

Mr. Korfonta stated that water sales are up 3.2% from last year and cash flow is relatively good. The retirement payment was made in November, which was down slightly from last year. Water sales year to date are exceeding budget and cash flow is good.

Executive Director’s Report

  • Mr. Becher stated that there was an announcement from the Governor’s office on the award through the Regional Development Councils. The region received approximately 85 million dollars. Mr. Becher received a letter stating that our application that we put in was turned down for Phase 2 of the Raw Water Pipeline. Once the SEQRA process is closed out on the pipeline we intend to resubmit the application.

New Business

Mr. Corr asked for an update regarding the Snowden Hill water tank that is in the Capital Projects Plan. Mr. Goodney stated that it is two years out on construction. Mr. Corr stated that people in that area have very low water pressure and it is very important to improve that for fire hydrant pressure also.

Mr. Becher stated that SUEZ will be at the February 12th Board Meeting with an analysis of their findings.

Chairman DeLia asked for a motion to go into Executive Session at 5:13 PM to discuss Cyber Security Update and a personnel matter.

Motion made by Mr. Mutolo Seconded by: Ms. Szesny.
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

Went into Executive Session at 5:17 PM.

Came out of Executive Session at 6:10 PM.

Motion made by Ms. Szesny. Seconded by: Mr. Karam.
Vote: (9) Ayes (0) Nays (0) Abstain (3) Absent Motion Carried.

In Executive Session the Board voted to increase the salary for the Executive Secretary for the coming year to take effect upon her anniversary date.

Respectfully submitted,


Suzanne M. Harmon, Secretary
Mohawk Valley Water Authority